Dr. Wigoda Shares Aesthetics Plastic Surgery Stats and Trends

Women say breast augmentation is “in”, men are loving liposuction this year and social media is making us all take a second look at those sags and wrinkles. Dr. Paul Wigoda’s Fort Lauderdale plastic surgery office shares some of the latest trends in plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery.

Originally reported by via 2012 National Totals for Cosmetic Procedures, hot off the plastic surgery press from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), tells you exactly which facial features and body parts Americans spent their hard-earned dollars on last year.

The winner and champion of all surgical procedures, breast augmentation, has regained its status as the leading surgical procedure in the US (second place last year).

There were 330,631 breast augmentations performed in 2012 compared with 316,848 in 2011. Last year’s frontrunner, liposuction, had 313,011 procedures in 2012 compared with 325,332 procedures in 2011.

The omnipresence of social media in our personal and professional lives has put “the face” on full display.

The tried and true facelift increased 2.5% from 2011. This is especially significant when you consider all of the facial noninvasive injectable, laser, and other skin tightening procedures available to women, including the king: Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin), which skyrocketed 24% in 2012.

Men and women had their own big jumps. Male breast reduction or gynecomastia had a very healthy growth from 17,645 procedures in 2011 to 22,736 in 2012 (29%). The vagina is also gaining some surgical notoriety. Vaginal rejuvenation grew from 2,142 procedures in 2011 to 3,521 last year (64%).

A Cut Above For Cosmetic Surgery

Out of the 10 Million surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures performed in 2012:

  • 17 percent were surgical

  • 83 percent were nonsurgical

The top 5 surgical procedures for women were:

  • Breast augmentation

  • Liposuction

  • Tummy Tuck

  • Eyelid Surgery

  • Rhinoplasty

The top 5 surgical procedures for men were:

  • Liposuction

  • Tummy Tuck

  • Eyelid Surgery

  • Breast Reduction

  • Otoplasty (ear surgery)

The top 5 overall nonsurgical procedures were:

  • Botulinum Toxin Type A

  • Hyaluronic Acid

  • Laser Hair Removal

  • Microdermabrasion

  • Chemical Peel


Breast Augmentation Inflates Again

Breast augmentation took the top spot as the most popular surgical procedure for women, surpassing liposuction in 2012. Breast surgery accounted for 17 percent of all surgical procedures in 2012.


Silicone implants have made a comeback since their return in 2006. In fact, the FDA just recently approved two new silicone-gel based breast implants.


According to the ASAPS statistics:

In 2006:

  • 383,886 breast augmentation procedures were performed.

  • 81 percent saline

  • 19 percent silicone

In 2012:

  • 330,631 breast augmentation procedures were performed.

  • 28 percent saline

  • 72 percent silicone

From 1997 to 2012:

  • There has been a 226.8 percent change in the total number of breast augmentations. 4.4 percent of the boost was from 2011 to 2012.

  • Most procedures were done on two age groups.

    • 37.8 percent (of total) were age 35-50

    • 52.2 percent (of total) were age 19-34


Breast Augmentation has a 93 percent RealSelf “Worth It” rating.

Facial Procedures Show Their Best Side

Between 2011 and 2012:

  • +24.4% Botulinum Toxin Type A

  • +14.0% Rhinoplasty

  • +25.1% Laser Skin Resurfacing

  • +15.5% Chemical Peels

57.9 percent of all 2012 nonsurgical procedures were injectables.

Skin rejuvenation accounted for 25.0 percent of all 2012 nonsurgical procedures.

Everyone Likes to Look Good

  • Men accounted for 10.0 percent of all cosmetic procedures at almost 1 million performed.

  • Cosmetic procedures for men have increased 106.0 percent from 1997 to 2012.

  • Plastic surgery in males increased 19.8 percent from 2011 to 2012.

Mommy Makeovers became even more popular this past year. A combination of surgeries, which includes breast augmentation, tummy tuck and liposuction, and represents the top 3 procedures of 2012.

Vaginal rejuvenation had the least amount of procedures performed, but has increased 64 percent over the last year.

Ages 35-50 received 40 percent of all the surgical procedures in 2012 and the majority of the Mommy Makeover procedures in total:

  • 40.0& Breast Augmentation

  • 55.8% Tummy Tucks

  • 47.0% Liposuction

Where do you fit in? Schedule a plastic surgery consultation with Dr. Paul Wigoda today.